This past Sunday was Trinity Sunday and I’m used to the priest starting the sermon with a joke or two on how they must have drawn the short straw. I chuckled when I saw Mother Amy would be sermonizing and wondered what she could say about the Holy Trinity that would be thought provoking enough to chew on all week yet tangible enough that I could get a hold of what she was trying to convey. Her sermon managed to hit on both of those points and you will soon be able to find it here (side note; did you know that you can read/hear the sermons from Sunday on the Fig’s website? Nice when something spoke to you and you want to find it or share it and really nice if you were unable to attend the service!)
In her sermon she mentions this interview with Jaroslav Pelikan from the radio podcast On Being. The interview is called The Need for Creeds and talks about how the ancient tradition of creeds can help us enliven our faith now. Definitely worth a listen so please check out the link!
Mother Amy specifically read the creed The Maasai Creed which was ‘ composed in about 1960 by Western Christian missionaries for the Maasai, an indigenous African tribe of semi-nomadic people located primarily in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The creed attempts to express the essentials of the Christian faith within the Maasai culture.’ I thought it was worth sharing here and hope reading gives you something to think about as we head into the weekend. She shared a few more thoughts here on her blog. Enjoy!
We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created man and wanted man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the earth. We have known this High God in the darkness, and now we know him in the light. God promised in the book of his word, the Bible, that he would save the world and all nations and tribes.
We believe that God made good his promise by sending his son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left his home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He was buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, he rose from that grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.
We believe that all our sins are forgiven through him. All who have faith in him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love, and share the bread together in love, to announce the good news to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.